A village church at the centre of a dispute between dissident parishioners and diocesan officials is to close.
The decision to withdraw the licence for worship at St Anne's Church in Lea Cross, near Shrewsbury, was announced by the Bishop of Hereford.
The move comes five months after the Church of England changed the locks of the building because a small group of worshippers had refused to hand over the keys to the church.
The bizarre access row, which dates back at least seven years, stems from claim and counter-claim about who is responsible for the church's upkeep.
The Bishop of Hereford, Anthony Priddis, said his decision meant services would no longer take place at the church, which has never been consecrated.
The Bishop said: "I have decided that... I will withdraw my licence that allows services to be held at St Anne's. This is not a decision I have taken lightly."
The clergyman added: "It's a very sad situation which has been a running sore for the people of Pontesbury for far too long."
Within days of the locks being changed in February, the diocese was forced to increase security after St Anne's was broken into several times.
One of the handful of parishioners who claim the Church of England has neglected the place of worship and that they are the real trustees, apparently admitted defying a court order by breaking the locks to maintain the building, according to legal documents.
The rebels accuse the Church of neglecting the structure, and the quarrel over ownership of a trust fund for the upkeep of the church - which was left in a will in 1929 - dates back to the 1940s.
The diocese maintains that the Charity Commissioners have made it clear to all parties that the Diocesan Board of Finance is the rightful trustee and must be allowed to carry out its duties under charity law.